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WoodenwareAmongthe earliest types of kitchenware used in he colonies, wares made of treen (an old English dialect term for "wooden") served the American cook in the days before the Revolution, when most pottery had to be imported.The forests of the New World provided plenty of wood; carvers used hardwoods such as maple and birch for trenchers and mixing bowls,and softer pine for spoons and boxes.Scoops and bowls were also shaped out of burls - rounded growths on the trunks and branches of otherwise healthy trees.The beautiful grains of elm, ash, and maple burls were especially prized.
Favorite woodenware collectibles include the rectangular boxes that once held candles, pipes, and personal documents, as well as oval and round pantry boxes, covered buckets (sometimes called firkins), rolling pins ,maple-sugar molds, and springerle boards, the decoratively carved mold used for making German cookies flavored with anise.
Because cleaning can be harmful, antique woodenware should not be used for serving food.With their simple designs and beautiful patinas, however, wooden collectibles stand on their own as display pieces, offering warmth and a sense of history.
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